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Matt Mitchell to return to San Diego State

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 11 New Mexico at San Diego State

SAN DIEGO, CA - FEBRUARY 11: San Diego State University Aztecs forward Matt Mitchell (11) during the game between the New Mexico Lobos and the San Diego State University Aztecs on February 11, 2020 at the Steve Fisher Court at Viejas Arena in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alan Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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SAN DIEGO -- Forward Matt Mitchell will return to San Diego State for his senior season after exploring his chances in the NBA Draft.

Mitchell didn’t hire an agent, so he retained his college eligibility.

He was named first-team All-Mountain West last season, when SDSU went 30-2, won the MWC regular-season title and would have been a No. 1 or 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, which was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He is ranked 27th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,085 points.

Mitchell said Friday that he made his decision after speaking with his family and coaching staff.

Besides completing his degree, “I am excited to join my teammates and for the opportunity to lead our quest for another Mountain West championship, and potential return to the NCAA Tournament,” he said.

Coach Brian Dutcher said it was important for Mitchell to meet with NBA teams and hear their evaluations.

“As we focus on earning another Mountain West championship in 2020-21, this experience can only be a positive for Matt and the Aztecs,” Dutcher said.

Mitchell started last season as the sixth man but moved into the starting lineup after Nathan Mensah was sidelined with a respiratory ailment.